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The Cytosolic Domain of T Cell Receptor ζ Associates with Membranes in a Dynamic Equilibrium and and Deeply Penetrates the Bilayer

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Author(s)

Kerstin Zimmermann, Rebecca Eells, Frank Heinrich, Stefanie Rintoul, Brian Patrick Josey, Prabhanshu Shekhar, Mathias Loesche, Lawrence J. Stern

Abstract

Interactions between lipid bilayers and the membrane-proximal regions of membrane-associated proteins play important roles in regulating membrane protein structure and function. The T cell antigen receptor (TCR) is an assembly of eight single-pass membrane spanning subunits on the surface of T-lymphocytes that initiates cytosolic signaling cascades upon binding antigens presented by MHC-family proteins on antigen-presenting cells. Its ζ subunit contains multiple cytosolic immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motifs (ITAMs) involved in signal transduction, and this subunit by itself is sufficient to couple extracellular stimuli to intracellular signaling events. Interactions of the cytosolic domain of ζ (ζcyt) with acidic lipids have been implicated in initiation and regulation of transmembrane signaling. ζcyt is unstructured in solution. Interaction with acidic phospholipids induces structure, but its disposition bound to lipid bilayers is unknown. Using surface plasmon resonance and neutron reflection, we characterized the interaction of ζcyt with planar lipid bilayers containing mixtures of acidic and neutral lipids. Two binding modes of ζcyt to the bilayers were observed in dynamic equilibrium: one in which ζcyt is peripherally associated with lipid headgroups and one in which it penetrates deeply into the bilayer. Such an equilibrium between the peripherally-bound and embedded forms of ζcyt apparently control accessibility of the ITAMs to tyrosine kinases and may regulate the signal transduction pathway. Our results reconcile previous conflicting studies of ζ structure and provide a framework for understanding how lipid interactions regulate biological activity for this cell-surface receptor system.
Citation
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Volume
292
Issue
43

Keywords

T cell receptor signaling, neutron reflectometry, protein-membrane interaction, phosphorylation

Citation

Zimmermann, K. , Eells, R. , Heinrich, F. , Rintoul, S. , Josey, B. , Shekhar, P. , Loesche, M. and Stern, L. (2017), The Cytosolic Domain of T Cell Receptor ζ Associates with Membranes in a Dynamic Equilibrium and and Deeply Penetrates the Bilayer, Journal of Biological Chemistry, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=922538 (Accessed June 12, 2024)

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Created September 10, 2017, Updated October 12, 2021